I think you can tell by the title that I'm very proud of myself. I loved this tutorial from Tea Rose Home on a Self Binding Swaddle Blanket. I tried it a few months ago on a baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born nephew and it was bad. Not so bad that I scrapped the whole project, but the binding is more wavy with rounded edges than straight and square corners. See below:
I saw the Tea Rose Home tutorial come up again today on another blog and knew I needed to give it another try!! This time I took the advice of one of the commentors and I also went much smaller. My flannel (white with multicolored dots) was about 21" square and the pink/red chenille was 16" square.
I couldn't visualize how to tackle the corners when sewing it together. I didn't know where to sew and couldn't imagine how it would look right side out. So as the commentor suggested, I sewed the straight sides all the way to the corner, back tacked and started over again on the next side. Once I finished all 4 sides (and left a hole for turning) I could see the binding come together and how the corners needed to look. I folded the corner and drew a line to follow and finished up the corners! Here is the finished product:
The finished blanket is about 18.5" square. I also made a crinkle initial taggie to go with the blanket. Baby Emmerie - isn't that a cute name (with a great initial for a taggie)!!